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Link Either by signing into your account or linking your membership details before your order is placed. Description Product Details Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! Funny Kid Slapstick Order a signed copy! Born to Run My Story. On the Court with Stephen Curry On the Court With. It is a rare afternoon off before the solid block of hard, pre-Olympic endurance training begins. Though the bouncing gait and broad, open smile are instantly recognisable, it is unusual to see Hoy in his home environment dressed without his cycling gear and cleated shoes; instead, the dress code is trainers and casual, loose-fitting jeans.
He has to buy trousers in a size 36 in order to fit his legs into them, but they are then two sizes too big around his waist. Hoy's "oak-sized" thighs. He politely declines my offer of a coffee, but then explains why — and it has nothing to do with a rigorous health regime. Few people, he says, can make his favoured double ristretto to his exacting standards.
It turns out that Hoy — who has a degree in applied sports science from Edinburgh University — is also a trained barista. He honed his craft at a specialist coffee school in between warm-weather training camps in Perth, Australia, several years ago. That double shot of espresso pressed with a minimum of water is his daily wake-up call, but only if it is made absolutely correctly. He peers over the edge of the track that appears to fall away directly underneath our eyes, and seems genuinely taken aback.
He was 15 when, as a member of the Dunedin Cycling Club, he walked into the Meadowbank circuit in Edinburgh to have a go at track cycling; riding a fixed-gear bike with no brakes round the steep degree banking was a shock to the system. I can feel it now.
It is probably no surprise to learn that Hoy is a speed freak. He has flown in an RAF fighter jet from Leuchars, Scotland, and he loves to race cars — he recently bought a Lotus 2-Eleven track car mph in 3. But it is the thrill of self-generated velocity that he likes the best: his bike has been clocked at an astonishing The harder you pedal, the faster you go: you have earned that buzz.
As a child, Hoy seemed to be one of those boys who excelled at every sport he tried.
Then, as a teenager, he switched to mountain bikes. He has fond memories of the times spent travelling around Europe with his father, a mattress thrown in the back of the car to save on accommodation bills. According to his close friend Jason Queally, who won cycling gold at the Olympics, Hoy was not a natural-born track cyclist. Current young members of the British team are, at age 19, posting significantly quicker times than Hoy achieved at the same age.
But Hoy was determined and by had worked his way up to the number one position in the team sprint. Partly it was down to his blistering acceleration, but it was something else too. Being number one in the team sprint required an all-out burst of energy for just over m. In he turned his attention to the keirin. The strangest and most exciting of all the track disciplines, the keirin features up to seven riders covering eight laps of the velodrome — for the first five and a half laps they must follow a derny, a pace-setting motorcycle, which gradually increases speed.
Of the near 60 professional keirin races he has entered, he has crashed once, finished second four times, and won all of the others. Not surprisingly he is feared all around the world. Sometimes it was like, 'What do you have to do to beat this guy?
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To an outsider, Hoy can appear almost robotic in his approach — and he has been trained that way. He visualises races and rehearses elements of each race constantly, He trains for up to 35 hours a week; he is in the gym for two hours each day before a three-hour track session with his sprint coach Iain Dyer, and his regime includes a strict diet heavy in protein, fresh fruit and vegetables. He swears off alcohol for at least six months before big competitions such as the Olympics.
Such is his attention to minutiae, he never thinks about winning a race — nor of losing one. Hoy edges out his German rival to win gold. For riders looking for more of a challenge the mile route is not only longer but heads for some more challenging terrain on the edge of the Peak District.
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Since , the UK Talent Team the campaign arm of the Performance Pathways Team has worked in partnership with 22 Olympic and Paralympic sports and over World Class coaches; run 12 National athlete recruitment campaigns, and assessed over athletes. These projects have resulted in over newly identified athletes entering the World Class system with over international appearances made and over international medals won.
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